Help your students write stronger literary analysis essays that focus on character development. The Choice Tracker graphic organizer explores the development of characters by analyzing their choices, the consequences of their choices, and the effects their choices have. This graphic organizer is google classroom / docs ready! Follow the simple instructions to add the file to your drive and begin assigning in classroom today!
This product provides two levels of differentiation for students.
Level 1: Identify choices, consequences, and effects of those consequences.
Level 2: Level one requirements + Cite supporting Evidence
The intention behind this product is that you will use it throughout a novel study unit. In order for students to get the most out of the graphic organizer, they should regularly take notes with the graphic organizer as they read the book. Provide multiple choice tracker copies to your students so that they can organizer their thinking. Eventually, after reading the entire novel students should be able to see how the character developed through their choices, the consequences of their choices, and the resulting effects.
What's Included in this download?
- Instructional .PDF with links to add the Google Docs versions to your Google Drive
- .PDF and .DOCX formats of all graphic organizers
How did I use this product in my class?
I designed this graphic organizer to accompany embedded assessment #1: writing a literary analysis essay from Unit 3 of Springboard's Grade 7 curriculum for English Language Arts.
Students are presented with this essay topic:
"How did one character's choices and the consequence of these choice affect the development of the main character?"
I required my students to complete multiple choice trackers throughout the course of reading the novel. At the end of the novel, I asked my students to choose the three most influential choices that occurred during the story. Students then used those choice trackers to help form the body of their embedded assessment essays.
While I used this graphic organizer for the specific purpose of helping students track character development in Tangerine by Edward Bloor, this choice tracker can easily be applied to any novel or short story. There are no direct novel references on the graphic organizer worksheet.
Keywords: Character Development, Literary Analysis, Essay, Consequence, Effect, RACE, Restate Answer Cite Explain, Embedded Assessment, Choices